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Rotorua MP Todd McClay says the Government’s announcement of $6.5m for a Lake Tarawera Sewerage Reticulation and Treatment scheme has been many years in the making.

“This is a real win for lake water quality,” Mr McClay says.

“The need for sewerage reticulation has been raised with me by the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association and our Council for some time and I am delighted that we have secured the funding, which means this project can now move ahead.” 

The $6.5m is part of the Government’s Freshwater improvement projects announcement covering over 100 rivers and lakes across New Zealand. In total $44 million has been allocated which will see $142m invested in these lakes and rivers with the largest amount going to Lake Tarawera.

“Lake Tarawera is a beautiful lake, but we know it is increasingly coming under pressure. A sewerage reticulation and treatment scheme means the removal of old septic tank systems, which is good news for lake water quality,” Mr McClay says.

“This lake is a real treasure for local people and visitors and today’s announcement will be welcome news for Tarawera homeowners and the tens of thousands of people who use the lake each year. I congratulate Chair of the Ratepayers Association Libby Fletcher and her committee and members for their hard work.”

A reticulated sewerage system, connecting to wastewater treatment is proposed to remove 15 per cent of manageable inputs into the lake. The final design is subject to further investigation and community consultation.

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